Alibag, India

Three Court House

The house is conceived as a series of similar but varied modules that could be constructed incrementally. The use of discrete modules allows the form of the house to conform to, and take advantage of, the unique shape of the site. The incremental nature of the plan breaks down the scale and mass of the house to relate to the adjacent village. Small outbuildings containing a clinic and staff residences create a social interface and soft threshold with the village.

Each module contains programmatic elements organised around an exterior courtyard that can be opened to expand the living spaces. The spaces are ordered by a privacy gradient, becoming more private with distance from the entry. Furthermore, each module can be closed off from the rest of the house as and when needed. The bedroom wing is collapsible, such that it can serve as one large family room or as individual rooms with privacy for each person.